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How long can I stay in Singapore after My Employment Pass is Cancelled?

Duration to stay in Singapore after Employment Pass is Cancelled

Before this article begins, we at Paul Hype Page & Co would first and foremost like to state that we truly hope the information in this article never applies to you. Cancellation of an Employment Pass (EP) can be a tedious and arduous process. It may even be unnecessary if it turns out that you will be remaining in Singapore after all. 

If you are reading this right now, you are probably expecting your own EP to soon be cancelled because your employment in Singapore will soon be ending. For this reason, if you would like to extend your time in Singapore, you will need your EP to be renewed. Fortunately for you, we do indeed provide services which will expedite the process of EP renewal. Through our assistance, we will ensure that you will be able to spend more time in Singapore to allow you to select your next career options. 

On that note, Singapore is a country which is replete with business opportunities. Therefore, you should not be disheartened even though your current employment might be ending soon. This is because you now have the possibility of owning a Singapore-based business yourself. Doing so represents a viable and rewarding career path which will allow you to garner tremendous benefits, whether financial or otherwise. 

If you are interested in doing so, you also ought to know that the process of registering and incorporating a company in Singapore can be somewhat difficult. There are many matters which must be addressed during company incorporation in Singapore. However, you can put your mind at ease in this regard because incorporation services are also some of the services which we offer our clients. Our incorporation experts will work with you so that you will be assured of the proper setup of your own Singapore company. Once the company has been established, you will benefit from tremendous freedom of choice as the company owner because you may run the business in any way which you deem suitable. 

Now that those matters have been addressed, here is the article itself. 

Not every EP holder is interested in being one on a permanent basis. Therefore, some who are EP holders choose to have it cancelled at some point. 

However, before making such an important decision, every EP holder ought to know about the details of EP validity in Singapore. 


Employment Pass Validity 

Firsttime applicants will find that their EP is valid for up to two years. Existing EP holders who choose to renew their EP will have the validity of their EP extended by three years. Of course, not every application for renewal will be accepted by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM); certain criteria will apply. 

For further information on the services which we provide, please proceed to this link. 


Reasons for Cancellation of an Employment Pass

There are various reasons why one might choose to have an EP cancelled. Some might do so because they plan to permanently leave Singapore after having resigned or being dismissed from a job. Those who are planning to resign from their job in order to start a business of their own in Singapore as well as those who have resigned or been dismissed from their job and intend to search for a new job in Singapore might also opt for cancellation of their EP. 


Employment Pass Cancellation Procedure 

Those who plan to cancel their Employment Pass may do so through their employer or an authorized immigration agency. They may either do so in person or online; the website to be used is the official website of the Ministry of Manpower. 

Incidentally, we at Paul Hype Page & Co are able to provide assistance for all matters related to the EP. If you are a foreigner who is interested in living and working in Singapore, please contact us – we will provide you with advice on how to go about receiving an EP. 

Before an EP can be cancelled, its holder must prepare certain documents. The documents needed are the EP itself, related pass holders’ travel documents, as well as their passports. Once these documents are submitted alongside the cancellation form, the cancellation request will be reviewed by the authorities and submitted documents will be examined before the cancellation may take place. 

After the EP has been cancelled, the former EP holder will be issued with an acknowledgement letter and a Short Term Visit Pass (STVP) which has a validity period of 30 days validity. Those who have an STVP may only remain in Singapore for as long as it is valid. 

After an Employment Pass has been cancelled, all related passes tied to the main pass such as the Dependants Pass (DP) and Long Term Visit Pass (LTVT) will be automatically cancelled at the same time. If the DP holder happens to hold a Letter of Consent (LOC), it will also be automatically cancelledThus, such DP holders can no longer in Singapore and will also receiver an STVP which will be valid for 30 days. 

Those who have received a cancellation acknowledgement letter must return their original work pass and all other related work passes by dropping them at MOM’s office. It is also possible to mail them the passes within seven days of the date of cancellation. 


What to Do After Cancellation of an Employment Pass 

Most people who have had their EP cancelled will spend the remaining 30 days in Singapore to complete any remaining formalities because the 30-day validity period of the STVP may not be extendedThose who have plans to continue working and living in Singapore may apply for jobs during this period. However, those who are offered a job must apply for a new EP. 

Similarly, those who plan to remain in Singapore to set up a business will also be required to apply for an appropriate pass. This is where we at Paul Hype Page & Co offer our services. We offer a package that covers both the processes of company incorporation and EP application. Our fees are among the most reasonable for the many high-quality services which we supply. 

Those who violate the terms of the STVP’s validity will be punished accordingly or possibly even deported. Such offenders are also likely to be barred from receiving any further Singapore work passes. 


What to Do Before Leaving Singapore 

Those who plan to leave Singapore permanently must attend to certain matters. Such people must ensure that all their taxes have been paid; however, their employers will usually assist them with such matters. 

Accommodation matters must also be settledThose who have been renting must inform their landowner, settle any payments, collect their deposit. They must also close accounts with any utility providers and collect any unclaimed deposits. 

The banks with which the person leaving has accounts must be notified, as well as any relevant credit card and insurance companies. All payments are to be made before departure. 

Those who have dependents in Singapore must also ensure that all institutions to which dependents are attached are appropriately notified. 


Don’t leave your Employment Pass application to chance

Paul Hype Page & Co have our in-house licensed employment agency registered with the Ministry of Manpower and offer a full spectrum of work pass services. We will provide a thorough assessment of all factors of your application and ensure that they meet MOM current standards of review. Our reliable guidance and high success rate come with years of experience and continually staying abreast with Singapore’s immigration regulatory updates.

Call us at +65 6221 4711 or contact us now for a free consultation.

Posted on February 27, 2019 at 9:12 am
Categories: MOM - Ministry of Manpower

How long can I stay in Singapore after My Employment Pass is Cancelled FAQs

What is Singapore’s net migration rate?

According to the latest statistics, Singapore’s net migration rate is 13.1. This means that on average, out of every 10,000 people in Singapore, there will be 131 more people entering the country than leaving it. 

Which countries are the most common destinations for those leaving Singapore?

The five countries which are the preferred destinations of those leaving Singapore are Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Indonesia. These countries account for over 200,000 of the people who leave Singapore every year.

Can someone who has had an EP cancelled apply for another one?

There is no law which stipulates that one who has had an EP cancelled cannot apply for another.

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Lee Lonia says:

Hi, may i ask im a korean that holding a work permit here but recently i had resigned from my work and got hire by a new company. To cancel my current work permit do i have to buy airplane ticket as i am not returning back to my country?

Paul says:

Hello Lonia,

You will need to leave Singapore when you cancel your work permit.

You may return to Singapore once you obtain new work pass IPA.
During the period which you have to leave Singapore, you may be in any other country.
Please contact us for any further information regarding the renewal of or application for an Employment Pass or any other work visa. We will provide you with additional advice on what steps you should next take.
Thank you


john says:

Last day of work is 31st July.
can i apply pep at the same time apply for short term pass,so that i able to buy more time to be in singapore to look for next job.and is there a choice for the applicant to choose either a single entry or multiple entry for short term pass?

Paul says:

Hello John,

You can only have 1 pass at a time, but you can start applying for your PEP while holding a STVP – A Short Term Visit Pass may only be used for single entry.


Roemary Lawrence says:


After EP is cancelled, do I need to go back to the home country before coming back to Singapore using my tourist visa (90 days)?


Paul says:

Hello Roemary,
Upon cancellation of the EP, you can request for a Short-Term Visit Pass which will be valid for 30 days. With it, you may remain in Singapore for as long as it is valid.

Please contact our team for further information on work passes. We will be glad to assist you.


Tania Singh says:

I wish to enquire about the short term visit pass after EP cancellation. I wish to go to another country for 3 days after my last day at work. Assuming my EP will be cancelled on the last working day and i’ll be issued STVP for 30 days, can I go to Indonesia for 3 days and come back to Singapore to complete my leaving formalities? If not, what is the way to do this?

Paul says:

Dear Tania

STVP after EP cancelled.
Firstly, check if your STVP is a multiple entry STVP or single entry.
If it is multiple entry, you may go back to Indonesia and come back into Singapore again. If single entry, you may not


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